Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning the use of technologies that might be used to access websites that are blocked in the country.
Head of Roskomnadzor (Russian controlling service over telecommunications – RRT) Alexander Zharov said that the popular Telegram messenger can be blocked in Russia within a few days if the service founder Pavel Durov refuses to provide registration data.
Soon after some Russian internet providers started blocking google.ru, the decision was cancelled, and the domain was removed from the list of domains that providers are supposed to block.
Roskomnadzor (Russian controlling service over telecommunications – RRT) ordered Russian providers to block the Russian domain of the Google search engine (google.ru).
A bill on banning the use of VPN services and anonymizers was introduced for consideration of deputies of the State Duma (lower chamber of Russian parliament – RRT), and published on its website.
Roskomnadzor (Russian controlling service over telecommunications – RRT) added WeChat messaging service into the register of prohibited websites based on the Federal Law “On Information, Information Technologies, and Information Protection”.
Roskomnadzor has officially added BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), Imo, Line and VChat into the register of banned services because they refused to register as “information distributors”.
A Spanish website selling jamon was included into the registry of banned information by the decision of the Ulyanovsk district court of Ulyanovsk region.
Russian mobile carriers MTS, MegaFon and Beeline will have to abandon their federal licenses for providing 3G in order to avoid sanctions because of their work in the Crimea.
The social network for business contacts LinkedIn will be blocked on the territory of Russia.